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Public Transport to Kisoro and Bwindi National Park from Kampala

Jaguar Executive Coaches Bus Park, Kampala. Photo Courtesy of Jaguar Bus Company

The standard form of public transport to Kisoro and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and Bwindi National Park from Kampala is by road. Daily buses run from Kampala to Kisoro and back, a journey that takes between 8 and 9 hours. Luckily enough, the streets between Kisoro and Kampala are all paved (though narrow), making the commute somewhat faster. A one-way bus ticket usually costs between USD10-30. Note that most buses travel at night; however, some coaches still visit during the day. The following are some of the bus companies that operate the Kisoro-Kampala route. Buses with business class seats.

  1. The Modern Coast. Modern Coast bus is a dynamic Kenyan company with a franchise in Uganda. The buses frequently transport people traveling between Kampala and Goma/DR Congo.
  2. Jaguar Bus Company. The Jaguar booking office in Kampala is located along Namirembe road, close Mengo City Oil branch. The best way to access the Jaguar booking office is by taking a Boda Boda.

Other Buses

  1. Horizon coaches. Horizon is one of the oldest bus companies in Uganda. Daily buses are running from Kampala through Mbarara and Kabale towns daily.
  2. Bismarkan coaches. Bismarkan is a reliable bus company when traveling to Kisoro from Kampala. Biskmarkan buses park in the central bus park in the Kisenyi neighborhood in Kampala.
  3. Trinity Bus. Trinity buses run the Kampala-Kigali route, but do pass through Kisoro and Kabale towns on the way to Rwanda.
  4. Post-Bus. As the name sounds, Post Bus is run by Posta Uganda, a government parastatal in charge of shipping mails across the country.

Kisoro has an airstrip that services daily flights from Entebbe airport. Guests traveling to Bwindi National Park for gorilla tracking often take advantage of Entebbe’s one-hour flight to Kisoro. From Kisoro airport, you can quickly transfer to your lodge at Bwindi National Park. Connecting from Kigali, Rwanda, to Kisoro is considerably faster than commuting from Kampala. It takes less than 5 hours to drive from Kigali/Rwanda to Kisoro/Uganda through the Cyanika border crossing. There are public buses that run from Kigali to Musanze in northern Rwanda. From Musanze, one has to board a matatu/taxi to the Cyanika border. Many tour companies based in Rwanda offer trips to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Kisoro.

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